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Ever since Newark Mayor Cory Booker took office in 2006, he’s dazzled voters with his inspiring rhetoric, down-to-earth mingling with the masses on Twitter, and his ambitious ideals and goals for a city where progress seemed far out of reach.

But as the mayor’s popularity has catapulted him into the national spotlight and instigated talk of a possible senate run, residents and pundits are weighing Booker’s celebrity against his impact on the city, leaving some asking is he more myth than mayor?

When asked recently by Newark’s Star-Ledger about his future plans Newark’s mayor was non committal.

“Right now my focus and my purpose is to do my job.” A job he’s doing while his ratings in Newark have dropped significantly from their stellar heights when he was first elected.

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